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    The History of the New England Boat Show

    Last updated 3 years ago

    With a long, active coastline and some of the country’s richest history, it should be no surprise that one of the top boat shows takes place in New England. The New England Boat Show, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, is a hotbed for interaction between buyers, sellers, educators, and innovators.


    This year’s New England Boat Show kicks off on February 22nd. As always, the show will feature fishing boats, sailboats, yachts, and other watercraft from Pursuit, Eastern, Regal, Parker, and other first-rate boat manufacturers. This year’s highlights also included appearances by Dave Carraro, the celebrated captain from the hit National Geographic show Wicked Tuna and a “Welcome to the Water” booth for first-time boat buyers. The event will run through March 2nd.


    Don’t miss out on this year’s outstanding seminars, giveaways, and contests, not to mention your opportunity to get a first look at some of the newest and most popular models available. Tickets go on sale on January 21st, and Maine residents looking for quotes for many of the boats that will be featured at the show can find them by calling Yarmouth Boat Yard at (877) 401-3461.

    Tips to help you make the most of your boat show experience

    Last updated 3 years ago

    With air temperatures below freezing and water temperatures not much warmer than that, winter is not the best time to take a boat out on the water in Maine. It is, however, the time to admire, explore, and bid on the hottest vessels being showcased at boat shows throughout the region and across the country. Regardless of whether you are gearing up to visit your first boat show or you are a boat enthusiast who attends half a dozen shows annually, the following advice can help you make the most out of your boat show experience.



    Before you attend a boat show, find out as much information as possible about the products that will be on display. To make the most of your time at the show, schedule a rough plan of the vendors you wish to visit. If you are thinking about buying a boat at the show, then it is especially important to do your research beforehand so that you know you are getting a good deal before you acquire the vessel’s title and registration.


    Look Far and Wide

    Unless you know exactly what type of vessel you are are looking for, check out every type of boat that interests you. While this may seem daunting at first, it should help you feel good about the narrowed-down list of choices you have by the time you leave the boat show.


    Make Contact with Dealers

    Even if you really want to purchase a new boat this winter or upcoming spring, there is no need to leave the next boat show you attend with a new boat in your name. More important is laying the groundwork for your boat purchase by making contact with dealers. If a dealer makes a good impression on you and you like the boats in their inventory, be sure to get a business card.


    For prospective boat owners who are serious about investing in watercraft, winter boat shows are a great place to lay pre-sale foundations. By purchasing a boat today rather than several months from now, you will have ample time to prepare it for the boating season. You will also be able to take advantage of some exceptional off-season deals. To work with a dealer who sells some of the hottest new boats and vessels from renowned boat manufacturers, call Yarmouth Boat Yard in Maine at (877) 401-3461.

    Preparing for a Boat Show

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Whether you’re looking to buy your first boat or you’re a veteran on the water, there’s something about boat show season that gets you excited for the first launch day in the spring. If you are an aspiring boat owner, a boat show is a great place to find a new powerboat or sailboat at an unbelievable price. Boat shows also offer opportunities for veteran boaters to purchase accessories or attend special seminars and demonstrations.

    Be Prepared
    Before attending the show, determine how much money you have to spend on a boat and what type of boat you are after. Do you want a sail boat or a motor boat? Will you use it in the ocean or on the lake? Knowing which type of boat you want to purchase will also help you consider the type of additional costs after the initial purchase. Insurance, registration, fuel and repairs are just a few of the many added costs a boat owner will incur.

    Ask the Right Questions
    If you are concerned with the upfront costs of purchasing a boat, you may want to look into what financing options are available. Look into finance rates from your local bank to see how they may be able to help with the cost of purchasing a new boat. Some boat dealers may offer financing as well, so knowing what your financial institution has to offer will help you compare the best deal for your situation. You should also determine the expected life of the boat you are considering. If you do require financing, make sure it does not exceed the expected life span of the boat. Before falling in love with a boat offered by a dealer, make sure the boat will cover your wants and needs.  Find out what extras are included in the price and what other items you will need to purchase.

    Research Exhibitors Ahead of Time
    Visit the boat show’s website to educate yourself on the various boat dealers and manufacturers who will be in attendance. This can help you choose which booths you’d like to visit and which exhibitors you’re most interested in meeting.

    Moose Landing Marina is proud to be at the 2014 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show. The New England Boat Show will be held February 22-March 2 in Boston, MA. If you can’t wait until then to buy a new boat, contact us today or visit our website to browse our selection of new and used boats online. If you have questions, call us at (888) 379-8265.

    Don't miss the boat this time!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    U.S. Power Squadron Boating Safety Course
    Now accepting reservations
    Date: Saturday, February 8th
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Cost: $50 (includes book) - couples can share
    Location: 154 Portland Road (Rte 302), Bridgton, ME
    Contact: Will Monson (207)429-8428

    Valid in 50 states, this certification will educate you on laws, safety, navigation and may even save you some money. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course.

    Check Out This Preview of the New England Boat Show

    Last updated 3 years ago

    What do you get when you combine hundreds of boats, dozens of educational programs, and the latest gear for every boating enthusiast? The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show! Now in its 58th year, the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is the Northeast’s largest boating event. Although this video takes a look at the 2011 New England Boat Show, it provides an behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put together one of the premier winter boat shows in the U.S.

    Moose Landing Marina is proud to be a part of the 2014 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show. We’ve participated in this incredible boat show for the past 10 years, and we continue to be a favorite among attendees. You can view our complete inventory of new and used boats online, or you can call us at (888) 379-8265 to learn about what we are preparing for the 58th annual New England Boat Show. 

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